'Dirty' QC meat shops raided

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2011 10:10 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2011 06:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City officials raided a house in Payatas, Quezon City for practicing unsanitary procedures in handling meat.

Authorities discovered meat in stored in filthy containers and used cooking oil placed outside the house.

Employees also handled meat to be used for barbeque without any gloves on.

Aside from this, the meat was being processed near a garbage dump and murky water.

City officials said the meat is contaminated.

“Generally, contaminated siya talaga, dahil sa pag-handle ng food, kung paano nila ginawa at kung saan nila ginawa,” said Dr. Ana Cabel, chief of the Quezon City veterinary office.

A few houses away, authorities also raided a compound where unsanitary meat handling is being practiced.

The meat was allegedly prepared for steamed dumplings or “siomai.”

The meat products, which were being prepared to be sold in schools and wet markets, were confiscated by authorities.

Charges will also be filed against the owners of the meat shops. -- Report from Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News